Police have registered an FIR in the matter and the accused girl has been arrested.
Chandigarh: Chandigarh University on Sunday denied claims that private videos of hostel girls were leaked, saying only one student had shared her own personal video which was circulated online. The police have registered a case and the girl has been arrested.
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The police and the university administration have rubbished social media posts claiming that several girls attempted to die by suicide after their videos leaked. “A man from Shimla is known to the accused girl. Only after he is caught, more details will be known. Forensic probe of her mobile phone will be conducted,” said ADGP Gurpreet Kaur Deo as reported by news agency ANI.
“So far in our investigation, we have found out that there is only one video of the accused herself. She has not recorded any other video of anyone else. Electronic devices and mobile phones have been taken into custody and will be sent for forensic examination,” Mohali police chief Vivek Soni said, news agency ANI reported.
Mr Soni said no deaths or suicide attempts have been reported and appealed to people to not believe rumours. “One student who was taken in an ambulance was suffering from anxiety and our team is in contact with her,” he said.
In a statement released by Chandigarh University, Pro-Chancellor Dr. RS Bawa said, “The rumour which is circulating through media that 60 objectionable MMS have been found of students … is totally false and baseless. During the preliminary investigation conducted by the University, there have been no videos found of any student which are objectionable except a personal video shot by a girl which was shared by herself to her boyfriend.”
Dr RS Bawa further said that based on the students’ request Chandigarh University had “itself volunteered the further investigation to the Punjab Police Department which has taken one girl into custody and has filed a FIR under IT Act … All the mobile phones and other material has been handed over to the police for further investigation.”
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that a high level inquiry has been ordered into the incident. “Sad to hear the incident of Chandigarh University. Our daughters are our pride. Have ordered a high level inquiry into the incident. Whoever is guilty will take strict action. I am constantly in touch with the administration. I appeal to all of you to avoid rumours.”
The National Commission for Women released a statement where they said that they have taken serious note of the matter. “Chairperson Ms Rekha Sharma has written to Director General of Police, Punjab, as well as Vice Chancellor of Chandigarh University to take stringent action against the culprits.” They further asked that necessary support be extended to the girls affected by the incident.
Punjab State Women Commission Chairperson Manisha Gulati has said that an investigation into the matter is underway. “This is a serious matter, an investigation is underway. I am here to assure parents of all students that the accused won’t be spared,” she said. Ms Gulati further clarified that ambulances had been called into the campus last night after a few students who were part of the protest started suffering from anxiety.
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister and chief of the Aam Aadmi Party that rules Punjab, has termed the incident “shameful” and called for patience. “In Chandigarh University, a girl has gone viral by recording objectionable videos of many girl students. This is very serious and shameful. All the culprits involved in this will get the harshest punishment. Victim girls have courage. We are all with you. All act with patience,” Mr Kejriwal said in a tweet.
From the Opposition Congress, senior party leader Pawan Khera has appealed to people to not share the leaked video. “To all responsible Indians, please do not repost, forward or share any MMS/video of the #chandigarhuniversity horror. Let us be a digitally responsible society,” he tweeted.